womanA new CDC report finds that in any 2-week period, 5.4 percent of Americans 12 years of age and older experienced depression.

Rates were higher in 40-59 year olds, women, and non-Hispanic black persons than in other demographic groups.

Officials also discovered rates of depression were higher among poor persons than among those with higher incomes and that approximately 80 percent of persons with depression reported some level of functional impairment because of their depression.

Additionally, 27 percent reported serious difficulties in work and home life.

Sadly, only 29 percent of all persons with depression reported contacting a mental health professional in the past year, and among the subset with severe depression, only 39 percent reported contact.

The information was garnered from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

NHANES aims to asses the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States, and to track changes over time.

The survey combines interviews and physical examinations and is administered annually.

Source: Centers for Disease Control